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NSW State Government announces $4M for the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility

5 July 2007, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Hon. Verity Firth MP, Minister for Science and Medical Research, has announced funding of $4M for the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF).

It will enable the installation of state-of-the-art research infrastructure including technical and scientific support staff at The University of Sydney and The University of New South Wales. The funding from the NSW Government Science Leveraging Fund is the State’s co-investment in the AMMRF established under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

In her Opening Address to the Materials and AustCeram 2007 conference in Sydney, the Minister stated, that the investment in the AMMRF and specifically in advanced atom probe and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy platforms will significantly benefit the research community and industry sector in NSW.

“These facilities will be used for research into the development new light alloys, development of advanced steels, energy storage materials, functional nanomaterials and semiconductor devices,” the Minister said.

Some of the benefits will be stronger, lighter and more efficient transportation systems, development of sustainable energy solutions and advanced communication technologies based on quantum technology. NSW industry will benefit from access to world-class research outcomes and facilities with the potential for new technology businesses being established in NSW.

“We are very pleased that the NSW Government has made this commitment to the AMMRF because the leveraging power of the investment means that two nodes of the AMMRF can be supported in New South Wales. We can make available to researchers and SMEs from within the state, Australia and internationally a comprehensive range of microscopy and microanalysis research infrastructure” said Professor Simon Ringer, Executive Director of the AMMRF. “These facilities will ensure NSW drives the development of next generation technologies.”

The AMMRF is the peak Australian facility for the nanometric analysis of the structure and chemistry of materials in physical and biological systems. It is one of the first research capabilities to be established under NCRIS and is a joint venture between University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, Australian National University, Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia

The facility unites microscopy and microanalysis centers at these universities into a single national network of laboratories, unified in terms of both equipment and research expertise. The AMMRF will provide new, state-of-the-art instruments that will be accessible by researchers from Australia on merit basis at nominal rates.

Contact: Dr Miles Apperley, AMMRF General Manager, ph. 02 9351 2887